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Paydirt (The Wyatt novels Book 2) by [Disher, Garry]
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Length: 180 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Careful, exacting and ruthless, Wyatt is a consummate criminal and a solitary giant in Australian crime writing.

This time it’s a payroll and bank run in the north of South Australia, an outpost town suddenly transformed by a pipeline construction project that brings petty crime, prostitution—and opportunity. It’s a town with its own secrets and Wyatt isn’t quick to trust at the best of times. But he’s on the run and he can’t afford to be choosy.

This is another masterpiece of orchestration and unravelling, anchored by an unforgettable ticking-clock sequence that will keep you swiping those pages. Fans of Garry Disher’s other writing may recognise the landscape and some of the place names of The Sunken Road, and fans of noir and hard-boiled fiction will find a fascinating extension of the genre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1149 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ligature (31 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017FM5762
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By keith falconer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 January 2016
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A reader can really lose themselves in this book. Disher is second to none with his razor - sharp dialogue and tough characters.
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It wasn't a bad read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Westlake worthy 20 May 2002
By Orrin C. Judd - Published on
Despite all the intellectual disdain for American culture, there are a number of great literary genres that are distinctly American, among them the hard-boiled detective and crime noir story. In fact, it seems not too much of a stretch to say that the prose and story-telling styles of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler were as influential, or more so, than those of any of the more high-toned literary icons of the 20th Century, with the added distinction that folks who tried to like them actually produced readable books, while those who tried to write like Joyce, Woolf, and Faulkner generally produced drek.
Strangely enough though, two of the best current practitioners in these genres are Australian. The Cliff Hardy series by Peter Corris is among the select company of great homages to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, while the Wyatt novels by Garry Disher are probably the best crime series since Donald Westlake's Parker books (written under the pseudonym of Richard Stark) of thirty and forty years ago. From the one word name of the antihero to the problems with the "Outfit" (organized crime), the Wyatt stories actually quite resemble Westlake's.
Here's Disher's description of his protagonist :
Wyatt was forty years old. Respectable men his age were marking time until their retirement. The hard men his age were dead or in gaol.
Wyatt was different. He'd never been burdened by doubt, uncertainty or personal ties. He worked from an emotionless base. He could
cut to the essentials of a job and stamp his cold hard style on it.
He needs to be cold and hard in this, his second, caper, as he's being hunted by the Outfit after crossing them up in the first book; he's trying to pull a payroll job in the unfamiliar surroundings of Belcowie, three hours north of Adelaide; and he's got untested partners, including a woman, violating one of his own rules.
The language is terse, the action brisk and brutal, and the book terrific. Cover blurbs for such novels always refer to them as realistic. I suspect the opposite is actually true. Thankfully there aren't many criminals as smart and emotionless as Wyatt, otherwise we'd all be in trouble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery called Paydirt 9 March 2000
By Carol King - Published on
Speaking as an American who has lived in Australia for 2 years, I can say this is authentic and I felt as if I were Down Under with these pure Australian characters, the town, and scenes along the highways. This adventure mystery kept me cheering for the main character and feeling a part of it, as it quickly kept revealing clue after clue. Americans will have no trouble understanding the book as there is no obscure Australian terminology, AKA Aussie slang. Compare this mystery to Garry Disher's "Kickback" written in 1991.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced crime novel! 25 July 2016
By Brenda Telford - Published on
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Wyatt was working in the Brava Construction repair shop in the small town in outback South Australia just north of Adelaide – but while he was getting himself dirty, he was keeping an eye on the Steelgard security van that had arrived with the money to pay the workers. A company filled with Chileans, the pay packets would be large – his intent on snatching a payroll was coming closer. Every Thursday he had sussed it out; kept an eye on proceedings. He had come to the conclusion that security was lax and the guards never changed their routine.

But unknown to Wyatt his name was on a hit list – his previous job had caused major problems; he needed to be silenced and there was one man determined to do that job. All he had to do was find Wyatt’s current location – the word was out; he just had to wait…

As the day of the heist came ever closer, Wyatt was calm – meticulous in his organisation, he couldn’t say the same for those he had brought in to do the job with him. The payload would be huge – he could afford to pay attention to detail. But was Wyatt the only person who needed extra cash?

Paydirt by Aussie author Garry Disher is another fast paced crime novel which is set around career criminal Wyatt. An unusual plot line with the main character being a crook – but he’s a great character and I find myself on his side, as the bad guys he comes up against are usually worse than he is! I’m thoroughly enjoying Disher’s work, and plan to read much more! Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars The story flowed along at an even pace and the ... 13 March 2016
By Anita Lenkic - Published on
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The story flowed along at an even pace and the scenes drawn were quite real but the ending left me puzzled! The tale seemed to stop abruptly leaving me wanting to know what comes next?
4.0 out of 5 stars Paydirt: Four Stars 7 March 2016
By Ms. Picky - Published on
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Good Plot, carefully drawn characters

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